Um congrats! You’ve been asked to interview for a job. THIS IS HUGE!!!
Chances are you’re pretty excited to have made it this far (and you should be) but those nerves probably started kicking in the minute you hung up the phone right?
Take a deep breath. You’re going to nail your job interview thanks to these tips.
1. Don’t despair, prepare!
Do not, and we can’t stress this enough, wing it! Before your interview (like a day or two before- not as you’re waiting to go in) read up a bit on the organisation you’re interviewing with and the job you’ve applied for.
- Do you know what they do?
- What do they stand for?
- Have you clearly understood the job you’ve applied for?
- Are there specific skills required?
You want to show your future employer you’re interested, self motivated and organised.
2. Plan your look
A sure fire way to stress yourself out on the day of your interview is not to have anything to wear. Plan your look ahead of time to avoid the extra stress. Choose something well fitting, nothing too tight or too loose and make sure it’s neat. It doesn’t have to be expensive but it should be stain, hole, wrinkle and stink free. Oh yeah, and also avoid wearing anything with big slogans or “funny” sayings on them.
3. Rehearse your responses
In every interview you’ll ever have you’re bound to get some standard questions. These include things like:
- Tell us a bit about yourself?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Can you tell me about a time you came up against a challenge? How did you overcome it?
- What experience do you have in [insert program or industry here]?
You don’t have to remember your rehearsed responses word for word (that could be weird and robotic) but going in with some specific examples in your mind will really help under pressure.
Bonus tip: Does your mind go blank once you get into that interview? Before you even start to answer these take a deep breath and give yourself a second to gather your thoughts.
4. Practice makes perfect
The more interviews you do and the more you practice your responses to standard questions, the more prepared you’ll feel. You’re not going to win them all, so try and look at interviews as a way to get more experience. Every one you do brings you closer to landing a job that’s right for you.
Go get ’em tiger!
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